FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Despite the warnings and increased patrols by police, holiday crimes continued to plaque the Tennessee Valley.
In Florence, a purse snatching just before Christmas left a woman severely injured, and police caught the incident on camera.
Police are calling them predators, preying on unsuspecting victims in large parking lots.
At Wal-Mart in Florence, police say a car passes a lady putting groceries into her car and the passenger hops out, striking quickly.
“The passenger walked through the cars and grabbed her purse from the trunk,” explained Florence Police Department Detective Justin Wright. “In an effort to defend her property she chased after the suspect and was knocked down and actually hit by the vehicle.”
Detective Wright says the female victim got up and continued to hang on to her purse.
Wright says the woman was actually drug behind the vehicle through the parking lot, before losing her grip on the purse.
Police believe the car the suspects were driving is a 2007 to 2009 Kia Spectra, either silver or champagne in color.
“In the event you are victim to such predators, let them have it. It’s not worth what my victim had to go through, she sustained several injuries,” said Detective Wright.
With the victim being injured during the purse snatching, Wright says the suspect’s will now face robbery charges when they’re caught.
A cash reward is being offered to help solve this robbery.
If you can help police by identifying the car or the suspect’s, you are urged to call the Shoals Area Crime Stopper’s Tip Line at 256-386-8685.